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Thirtieth gun found at Salt Lake airport

Published August 28, 2013 6:20 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday found their 30th gun at the Salt Lake City International Airport security checkpoint — this year.

This time, a .380-caliber Smith & Wesson Bodyguard pistol was in the carry-on bag of a male passenger heading to Las Vegas, said TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers in a tweet. The firearm was loaded with eight rounds, one of them chambered, Dankers added.

Airport police cited the passenger with carrying a loaded firearm through a screening checkpoint.

The pistol is the same as the last one the TSA found at the airport.

The find further cements 2013 as worse than 2012 in terms of passengers not heeding the TSA warnings about guns. Last year, the TSA found 20 guns at the security checkpoints.

The TSA urges everyone to only transport unloaded firearms in a locked, hard-sided container either in or as checked baggage. All firearms, firearm parts and ammunition are prohibited in carry-on baggage.

mmcfall@sltrib.com

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